Health

Drug deaths on the rise in region

Drug deaths in South Holland have continued to increase, with addiction experts blaming “budget cuts” for the rise in deaths. The latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics report a 20 per cent rise in drug poisoning deaths across the East Midlands over the past five years and a 26 per cent rise in drug deaths in Lincolnshire. ...

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Pilgrim Hospital money ‘a drop in the ocean’

Money pledged to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital during a visit by the prime minister on Monday has been described by a union as “a drop in the ocean”. The emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital has received a national funding boost of £21.3m, as announced by Boris Johnson when he visited the hospital with the Secretary of State for Health and Social ...

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It’s all good for Sutton surgeries

The group that runs Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge Medical Centre has been rated good across the board in its latest inspection as it continues to improve. Suttons Medical Group was found to be in breach of legal requirements in a 2017 Care Quality Commission (CQC) and though rated good overall was told it required improvement in terms of leadership ...

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Rae of hope as MPs debate drug

There’s further hope for a 12-year-old and her family battling for her to access a potentially life-saving drug after her condition was brought up in Parliament. Rae White, of Gedney Hill, hopes the drug Spinraza will stop the type two Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) she’s had since birth from further limiting her movements. And after numerous delays there’s hope she ...

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Rapid response service praised

An NHS statement has said families are “reaping the benefits” of a new community children’s service, launched earlier this year. A new service to treat respiratory problems in children with complex physical disabilities at home was launched in February 2019, by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). The Children’s Rapid Response Respiratory Service provides specialist assessment, treatment and management ...

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Bid to continue new mum’s legacy of helping others with cancer after her passing

After a new mum lost a battle with cancer, a family has raised over £1,000 to ensure her legacy of helping others will continue in the future. Emily Briston passed away aged 35 after being diagnosed with liver cancer following complications when giving birth to her 10 week premature son Samuel. She enjoyed six months with son Samuel and husband ...

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Thank you for saving brother

Two boys aged just nine and seven got on their bike to thank and raise money for the hospital that saved their little brother’s life. Lincoln (9) and Swaley (7) Douglas cycled the 21 miles from their Tydd St Giles home to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn where sibling Chase (3) spent the first few weeks of his ...

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Don’t extinguish our Rae of hope

A mum who says she’s watching her 11-year-old daughter slowly waste away has been left distraught over the delay of a potential treatment. Rae White, who turns 12 next week, was born with type two Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) a condition that slowly stops her body functioning. She has always been wheelchair bound and is now also starting to lose ...

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Community urged to back upgrade plan for Johnson Hospital

The community is being asked to back a “phenomenal” proposed upgrade to the Johnson Hospital by completing a survey. As previously reported in The Voice, as part of the local NHS’s Healthy Conversation 2019, the hospital could be upgraded to a Major Treatment Centre providing care for all but the most serious cases. A recent engagement event in the town ...

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Council to splash out on new pool?

A brand new public swimming pool facility for Spalding is being looked at as part of improvements in leisure facilities across the district, it’s been claimed. South Holland District Council is “looking at replacing” its facilities which includes the Castle Sports Complex and Peele Leisure Centre in Long Sutton. Coun Angela Newton asked the cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday ...

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Council footwear warning amid sewage in streets and further floods

With continued rainfall causing more problems, South Holland District Council has urged people to wear “adequate footwear”. The council said in an online notice that with reports of sewage rising in South Holland, people should wear adequate footwear when wading through standing water. SHDC officers are currently at Battlefields Lane in Holbeach, which has flooded. A spokesman said: “Our officers ...

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Stroke and breast cancer patients could face further travel

Stroke and some breast cancer services are proposed to be moved from Pilgrim Hospital in Boston to new central hubs in Lincoln due to concerns over staff shortages, reports to a health committee reveal. It’s despite concerns that some stroke victims would be outside ‘the golden hour’ which refers to the time period receiving treatment would improve some patients’ chances ...

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Wait to see breast cancer specialists “too long”

Staff shortages are being blamed after waiting times to see breast cancer specialists in Lincolnshire dipped alarmingly earlier this year ahead of possible changes to the service. The national standard is for 93 per cent of those thought to have the cancer to be seen by a specialist within two weeks of their referral. But in January just 5.5 per ...

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Have your say on Johnson Hospital and healthcare in South Holland

Plans to potentially improve the Johnson Hospital to an Urgent Medical Centre will be among those the public can discuss at an event in Spalding. The NHS’s engagement event is at the United Reformed Church from 2pm to 7pm on Thursday, June 13 where residents can air their views on the proposals and NHS care throughout South Holland. The proposals ...

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County council service rated ‘good’

Lincolnshire County Council’s health visiting and children and young people nursing services have been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. Following the February inspection services were rated good in effective, caring, responsive and well-led criteria. The county council has though been told that it ‘requires improvement’ in the category of being safe following concerns over hand hygiene, the cleaning of toys and ...

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Hospital upgrade backed by MP

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes says he’s fully behind a proposal to upgrade the Johnson Hospital in Spalding to an Urgent Treatment Centre. As previously reported in The Voice, as part of the Healthy Conversation 2019 consultation that’s ongoing, the NHS is looking to improve the services at the hospital which is currently designated as a ...

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Assurances over under-threat centre

Assurances have been made to Holbeach Medical Centre patients after it was given six months to improve or face possible closure. As reported in last week’s Voice, the Park Road centre was rated ‘inadequate’ for a second time this year following Care Quality Commission inspections. Following the release of the report last week, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has ...

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Opinions wanted as hospital survey is launched

Lincolnshire residents are being asked to share their views about the county’s hospitals to help with future improvements and to make them the best they can be. All are invited to have their say on the reputation of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) through an online survey. A spokesman for The Trust said: “You don’t have to be a ...

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Landmark double for air ambulance

The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is celebrating two huge landmarks. The life-saving service has this month turned 25 years old and embarked on its 20,000th mission. Since airlifting its very first patient on May 13, 1994, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance service has provided a life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the local community. To mark the ...

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Upgrade on the cards for hospital?

Spalding’s Johnson Hospital could be upgraded to an Urgent Treatment Centre and South Holland residents are being urged to back the idea. The hospital is currently designated a Minor Injury Unit but, along with sites at Gainsborough and Stamford, is “being proposed or considered as an Urgent Treatment Centre” according to a report to Lincolnshire County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee ...

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